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Femina Magazine, September 3, 2017

These young women are creating quite a stir with their words and are definitely on our list of authors to look out for.

Simar Malhotra, author of the novel There is a Tide is an out and out Delhi girl, born and bred in a Punjabi household. While still in school, she attended a Shakespeare and creative writing course at Yale and this inspired her to pen down her first book at the tender age of 17. She might be young, but as they say, age is just a number. Her book won her much appreciation from the likes of Shashi Tharoor and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. She also founded Parvaah, an NGO that works towards empowering women and raising ecological consciousness. Currently studying in Stanford University, she is working on her second novel.

Naima Kalra Gupta isn`t your typical teenager. She began writing when she was nine and fell in love with it. An avid reader, basketball enthusiast and mathematics lover, her first book, Seventeen Takes, is not about peer pressure, friendships and heartbreaks. Instead, it focuses on the teen`s mourning for her lost childhood innocence and the war that wages within. Writing on a concept that is reserved for more “mature” writers, this 17-year-old author is challenging stereotypes and is drawing the right attention.

Divyasha multitasks as an engineering student, an artist, a young newspaper editor, an anonymous blogger, a voracious reader and a writer whose first book is being promoted by the Government of India in 100 countries. In her words she is the “Jon Snow of writing and I knew nothing”, but we choose to disagree.  She won the Scholastic Writing Award for fiction when she was 14. During the identity crisis she faced in the three-month break between school and college, she wrote the YA drama A20- something Cool Dude, which was selected by the government as it paints a vivid picture of our country.